Chateau Haut Brion Pessac-Leognan 2006
A premier cru classé first growth estate from Pessac just outside of the city of Bordeaux. Earliest documents dates cultivation of grapes back to 1423. The first records of Haut-Brion wine were found in the wine cellar ledger of English King Charles II in 1660. In 1787 Thomas Jefferson was said to have visited Haut-Brion on his visit to Bordeaux. Haut-Brion became the first recorded first growth wine to be imported to the U.S.
There are 48 hectares of vineyard on deep gravel soil over clay and sand. Most of the vines are approximately 36 years of age with some as old as 90 years old. Interestingly, vinification of the red wine takes place in a double skinned, stainless steel vat. Then aged in French oak for up to 24 months. Majority of the barrels used come from Haut Brion's own onsite cooperage.
96 points Wine Advocate
96 points Wine Enthusiast
94 points Wine Spectator
17.5+ Jancis Robinson
The 2006 Haut-Brion performed even better from bottle than it did from barrel. Sixty-four percent of the production went into this wine, and while it displays the vintage’s powerful tannins and structure, it possesses superb concentration, and the minerality/scorched earth notes of a great Haut-Brion. Medium to full-bodied, with perhaps not quite the fleshiness of the 2005 or 2000, it is built more along the lines of the 1998 and 1996. It is a brilliant effort displaying sensational purity, texture, and length that should be exceptionally long-lived. Anticipated maturity: 2017-2035. Robert Parker
*Image by Monica Yu
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